100-meter record-holder Powell to run 400 tuneup

Updated: January 26, 2007, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Asafa Powell will run his first race of the year in front of home fans on Saturday in the Queen's/Grace Jackson Invitational meet.

Coach Stephen Francis said the world 100-meter record-holder will run the 400 meters at the meet to get in shape. Michael Frater, the world championships 100 silver medalist, also will run the 400.

"That's the way we normally start the season," Francis said.

He said Powell also will run a second 400 in Jamaica at either the Gibson Relays on Feb. 24 or the G.C. Foster Classic on March 10.

The women's 400 will feature Sherone Simpson, the Commonwealth 200 champion; Brigitte Foster-Hylton, the world championships 100 hurdles bronze medalist; and Geraldine Pillay, the Commonwealth 100 silver medalist.

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